Nose re-shaping, also known as rhinoplasty, is one of the most popular aesthetic procedures. Unlike other aesthetic surgeries, it is not uncommon to see young adults undergoing a rhinoplasty. That said, Dr. Craig usually recommends that patients wait until they are at least 16 years old, and possibly older for boys, before undergoing rhinoplasty. This is because the nose may not be fully developed at a younger age.
Assuming you are in good health, there is no upper age limit for having your nose re-shaped. Rhinoplasties are sometimes performed in conjunction with a facelift and other surgical procedures to help ease the signs of aging. Additionally, rhinoplasties are also performed to help patients with certain breathing problems, birth defects, or injuries to their nose.
The surgical techniques employed will depend primarily on the goals established by you and Dr. Craig. In many instances, all of the incisions will be placed inside your nose, where they will not be visible. If the base of the nose is narrowed or the nostrils reduced, small wedges of skin at the base of the nostrils will be removed. Incisions are hidden in the natural crease where the nostril joins the check.
Sometimes a very short incision is made across the vertical strip of tissue that separates the nostrils, called the columella. This technique is called an “open rhinoplasty.” Regardless of where the incisions are placed they will inconspicuous.
In some cases, the position of certain bones may need to be altered slightly in order to make your nose look narrower or straighter. If your nose needs to be built up in some areas, this can be done using nasal cartilage, bone or cartilage. The skin and soft tissues are then re-draped over this new “scaffolding.”
After surgery you will need to rest with your head above your chest to help reduce bleeding and swelling. Internal dressings from your procedure may be to remain in place for up to a week after surgery, and a splint is commonly placed on your nose for about a week as well.
Slight bleeding is common even a few days after surgery. Taping at night may continue for a couple of weeks. You may experience some pain or discomfort, but that can be alleviated with medication. You will want to avoid blowing your nose, getting your bandages wet, and strenuous activities for several weeks. The idea is to avoid putting any pressure or strain on your nose or the skin around your nose.
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